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C-130 News: Israeli Air Force C-130 Samson airlifters make contact during the country's Independence day flyover


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      As reported by Ynetnews , two Israeli Air Force (IAF) C-130 Samson airlifters that were participating in a flyover to mark the country Independence Day made contact in the air and the flight crew were unaware of the incident.

The mishap was only discovered when ground crew discovered scuff marks on the wings of both aircraft during the post flight inspection.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that no lives were put at risk because of the incident: “During the Independence Day flyover, two heavy transport planes came into close contact. There was no danger to human life, and the incident is being investigated.”

However, in addition to the C-130 Samson cargo planes, the flyover also included Beechcraft King Air (Tzofit) planes, Gulfstream G550 (Shavit & Eitam) planes, the Boeing 707 Re’em refueling aircraft and the F-15 and F-16 (Ra’am and Barak) fighter jets. The F-35 advanced stealth aircraft also made its debut in a two-and-a-half hour flight from Eilat to Safed.

Noteworthy formation flying is always a difficult business even for well trained and skilled aircrews as witnessed also by the two Blue Angel F-18 Hornets which made contact last week because of an unexpected wake turbulence while training with the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds near Pensacola Beach, Florida.

Source: http://theaviationgeekclub.com/israeli-air-force-c-130-samson-airlifters-make-contact-country-independence-day-flyover/

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Israeli C-130J pilots jailed over display mishap

A pair of Israeli air force pilots have spent several days in military prison following an air display mishap with two Lockheed Martin C-130Js.

The two "Samson" turboprops had taken part in a formation flight as part of the country's independence day celebrations on 2 May.

However, post-display inspections by ground crew revealed evidence that the wings of the two aircraft had come into contact.

The aircraft were withdrawn from service and an investigation launched; the captains of both C-130Js were subsequently jailed for a short period and other crew members were grounded.

Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/israeli-c-130j-pilots-jailed-over-display-mishap-437052/

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